View Full Version : [ubuntu] Making a second screen NOT show as default?

December 7th, 2009, 10:41 AM
Hello everyone,
I encounter the following annoyance recently:

When I connect a second screen, like an external monitor or a beamer, to my laptop, the resolution switches automatically to a wide desktop that includes both screens (as the connected screen right of the laptop screen).
This is not the behaviour I want. I would prefer that either:
1. The newly-connected screen will not start without an explicit setting (like opening "configure display settings")
2. Both screens will be mirrored (as the option "mirror screens")

I tried to find where to configure this, but I did not find anything.

System spec:
Dell Latitude D630 laptop with an Intel graphic card
Ubuntu 9.10
Standard xorg.conf, listed below
Using compiz

Any ideas how to configure this will be greatly appreciated!

xorg.conf listing:

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"
DefaultDepth 24
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1440x900" "1280x768" "1024x768"

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"
Driver "intel"
Option "AccelMethod" "UXA"
Option "MigrationHeuristic" "greedy"